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Unlike many of the Esmeraldas beaches further south, the city of Esmeraldas itself is shabby industrial port, where all sorts of cargos, including oil and minerals are shipped to and from other ports in Ecuador. The city and its port are at the mouth of Rio Esmeraldas which has a massive delta.
If you are coming from Quito looking for a nice beach, you will pass through Esmeraldas. Don’t stop. The city of Esmeraldas is unfortunately neither interesting nor safe. With a population of about 170,000 people, the city is crowded and the streets are chaotic. It is also extremely hot and humid which can be quite unbearable during the rainy season.
The city has a small international airport (General Enrique Rivadeneira), which is located the other side of the Rio Esmeraldas. Along the river are mangroves and lots of bird habitats. However the river is quite polluted from city sewage running into it from the large number of homes that do not have a proper sewage system.
The closest beach is Las Palmas, which at weekends and special events is as filthy and crowded as the streets of the town.
Beach activities include:
|Type of beach||Golden sand|
|Length of beach||0.9 mi / 1.5 km|
|Restaurants and Cafes||Lots in the city|
|Distance to Salinas||337 mi / 542 km|
|Distance to Guayaquil||271 mi / 437 km|
|Distance to Manta||217 mi / 349 km|
|Distance to Quito||194 mi / 312 km|
Music and Dance:Enjoy the Afro-Ecuadorean rhythms and Samba dancing.